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Rae and Jason Donnellan family support

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Raised by 145 people in 5 months
Created December 3, 2018
Shaunagirl
on behalf of Rae Donnellan
December 1 Jason was in a very serious motor vehicle accident and was airlifted to the trauma centre in Newcastle, NSW.  Since then the medical team has been dealing with the numerous medical issues caused by the accident, starting with the most critical.  He will require numerous surgeries in the following weeks, a long stay in hospital and months of rehabilitation.  As the sole breadwinner, the family will need support for the physio, rehab and additional costs associated with Jason's  recovery.  At this point in time we can't estimate how long that process will take.
We thank all for their get well wishes and prayers and appreciate your support in this trying time.
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Three months on...

I know many of you are curious how Jason is doing and I so appreciate all your help and love over these past months. It's been a busy time with Jason at home doing rehabilitation, travelling back and forth to Newcastle appointments, getting local GPs in the loop, and doing mountains of paperwork with various insurance and medical schemes. And at the same time, we are trying to just be a family doing normal things like school pick-ups, playgroup, and sports. Overall, we're feeling so blessed to have Jason here with us and trying to support him through his recovery.

He's doing amazing: walking unaided now and pottering around the house, trying to get those muscles back up to speed. He's moving slower and dealing with pain management but he has a sunny attitude and is working hard to get his body limber and strong again. He's doing long days now with the Hunter Brain Injury Service's team of physios, Occupational Therapists, and other specialists. It's exhausting but you can see his determination.

Many of you have seen Jason on Facebook so know that he's getting back to his social self. We've even managed to do a few outings to the local beach strip and cafes to breakup the cabin fever. Jason is definitely not used to having to sit around so much each day. He does need to rest a fair bit still, but it sure beats being stuck in a hospital bed! Although Jason would happily never see the hospital again, he will be having at least one more surgery in the near future with the maxillofacial team working on his eye socket.

Your Gofundme contributions have been much appreciated in these early days and we would not have been able to bring Jason home on early out-patient release without your help. Jason has been able to have his recovery take place here in our home, not only because we had disability access facilities in place from the previous owner, but also because we were able to quickly purchase the things he needed to make our home safe and comfortable for him. Some of the things your contributions help us with are an electric reclining chair, 5 week hire of a wheelchair, a shower chair, supportive pillows & seat pad, and blockout blinds (for light-sensitivity issues). I've also put over 6000 km on the X-Trail travelling back and forth to Newcastle.

We're so grateful for all you have done for us. Not only here on Gofundme, but also in our local community with friends, neighbours, and the school community reaching out and giving us a hand. And of course many thanks to Jackie and Lou who supported me in those first critical hours and our family and who went over-and-above with their support through those harrowing days in the ICU. And to all of the people who reached out to me and Jason online through Social Media and Messenger with their well wishes and words of support; it was impossible to respond to all the overflowing messages but we read them all, took them to heart, and appreciated your words. Thank you.

And finally, I wish to acknowledge the hard work of the first responders with NSW Ambulance, Tuggerah Fire Brigade, Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service, and Wyong Police as well as the many medical teams at John Hunter Hospital that saved Jason's life, put him back together again, and helped him onto the path of healing. I can't thank you enough for the amazing work you did to bring my husband back to me and our children. Thank you so much.
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Rae got an early birthday present as Jason was released as an outpatient and allowed to come home on Monday afternoon.
It was a family celebration with cheesecake and cordial. Children are having to learn to be gentle with Daddy and respect his rest time.
Jason will be up and down to the hospital and rehab as they work to optomize his recovery.
He is grateful to be back home, enjoying the quiet and the greenery all around him.
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Another week with positive strides forward. The neck collar is now off, cleared to walk with crutches, now able to do chewing of soft foods. More xrays and doctor consultations with the result Jason will be coming home as an outpatient of the hospital and rehab centre with a target release to outpatient of Monday.
He will be heading back to Newcastle twice a week for some rehab, with physio and other rehab that is offered closer to home on other days. Still lots of work to be done but looking forward to him having more time with the family.
Thank you for your support and prayers through this process.
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This last week has seen daily improvements as Jason is working hard on building his strength and healing. Tubes are all out, now drinking milkshakes, juices, etc and pureed foods (solids will have to wait until jaw is healed and wiring comes off). Doing short walks with a walker and allowed to go out of the room in a wheelchair so enjoyed trips to hospital food court and cafeteria as well as outdoors for some time in the sun. He is eager for physio with his sights set on working hard to recuperate in record time. Time is what it will take to work through the healing process and rehab for optimal recovery.
Now that he is able to communicate he enjoys visits though he does still need lots of rest to recharge for the next round of physio.
Jason sends his appreciation to all for their support and well wishes.
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Raised by 145 people in 5 months
Created December 3, 2018
Shaunagirl
on behalf of Rae Donnellan
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